Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement therapy has numerous benefits for both women and men. Age related hormone decline is one of the most common reasons for hormone imbalances; however, hormones may become imbalanced at anytime due to stress, lack of sleep, poor lifestyle choices, and poor nutrition.
Testosterone is the most prevalent male sex hormone, and it begins to decline when a man hits age 30. By the time a man is in his mid 40’s or 50’s, his testosterone has decreased by 35%, and when he enters his 70’s, he only has 10% of the testosterone he had in his 20’s. When testosterone wanes, several functions may begin to become impaired.
Estrogen and progesterone are the primary sex hormones in women, and they begin to decline during peri-menopause. Peri-menopause is the time before menopause, and it can last from 4-6 years. When a woman has not had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months, menopause officially begins, and the transition into menopause is marked by several unpleasant symptoms caused by drastic hormone fluctuations.
Other hormones that may be affected by hormone decline include DHEA, pregnenolone, insulin, and melatonin. DHEA and pregnenolone are precursors for estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone; if they are insufficient, the three sex hormones may also be deficient. Melatonin helps to regulate sleep and immune function, and a deficiency of melatonin can cause insomnia, chronic illness, and slow wound healing. Insulin helps to balance blood sugar, and when it is deficient, the body cannot regulate blood sugar, which may lead to diabetes. When this network of hormones becomes imbalanced, several functions may be affected.
BHRT can balance important hormones and create the following benefits.
Benefits of BHRT for men and women include:
Balanced Moods: Hormone fluctuations can cause mood swings due to hormonal interference with blood sugar and brain chemistry. Balanced hormones can remedy feelings of anger, anxiety, and depression.
Increased Muscle Mass: A testosterone deficiency can occur in both men and women. Because testosterone directly affects the building of muscle, muscle can atrophy if it is insufficient.
Fat Loss: Muscle influences the burning of calories. When muscle is abundant, fat storages are tapped into in order to sustain energy. If estrogen is low for either a man or woman, the body attempts to conserve estrogen by storing extra fat. This is because fat contains estrogen, and regular amounts of estrogen can decrease fat storage.
Higher Libido: If hormones pertaining to reproduction are decreased, then desire for sexual activity is also decreased. When hormones are restored to normal levels, libido is boosted.
Healthier Sleeping Patterns: The body’s internal clock sets sleeping patterns and is located in the hypothalamus. Hormonal imbalances can interfere with signals and create disturbed sleeping patterns.
Increased Vitality: Fluctuations of hormones can cause blood sugar to not be processed properly, and this can cause feelings of fatigue. When hormones are balanced, the body can effectively produce energy to restore and increase vitality.
Higher Bone Density: Estrogen and testosterone influence the way bones absorb calcium, and if the bones cannot properly absorb calcium, they can become weak, which may lead to osteoporosis. Balanced hormones can regulate calcium absorption to keep bones healthy and strong.
Benefits of BHRT for Women include:
Increased Vaginal Lubrication: After the body decreases hormone production and closes down reproduction, it assumes there will be no further reason for sexual activity. This can cause vaginal dryness, and by supplementing the deficient hormones, vaginal dryness can be relieved.
Decreased Hot Flashes: The hypothalamus is the body’s internal thermometer. Hormonal deficiencies can cause signals going to the hypothalamus to get crossed, and this can result in hot flashes and night sweats.
Increased Skin Elasticity: Collagen is responsible for skin youth and elasticity. When the collagen bonds break apart, skin can appear dry or wrinkled. Vitamin C and estrogen influence the formation of collagen and help keep skin youthful.
Benefits of BHRT for men include:
Improved Erectile Function: Testosterone directly affects reproductive functions, and sexual functions may be decreased with a testosterone deficiency.
Reduced Hair Thinning: Testosterone assists hair follicles in the producing of hair, and cells can die away due to a lack of hormonal production and dryness.
Restored Muscle Mass: During testosterone decline, men can lose between 12 or 15 pounds of lean muscle mass, and if testosterone is restored to healthy levels, muscle may regenerate with exercise.
These are a few of the benefits that can be obtained with bio-identical hormone therapy that can help a person reclaim health, happiness, and vitality.